Bon Weekend.

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I’ve been a big fan of Groupon since they arrived in Atlanta. Tyler signed up for it and has gotten some great deals. The service arrived in Charleston several months ago and I have yet to take advantage of offerings…until today. I miss many, many things about Atlanta, and going to the High on our family membership is high on that list. Yeah, I went there. I’ve been thinking of getting a family membership to the Gibbes but honestly have not been able to justify the expense until the offer today for half the regular price. Museum visits once again!

I also hope that in the next year we can take advantage of a class or two at the museum school. I took a pottery class in ’93 and loved it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Snow Dog

This past year has been marked by events both wondrous and unbearably heartbreaking. My father passed on the 20th of this month, and I’ll share a more fitting tribute to him then. The second great heartbreak of the year was in June when our beloved dog Duncan passed just after we moved into this house. He died of congestive heart failure and a massively enlarged heart. The irony is that he had been the heart and soul of my family for 10 years. He was there when I had to be in Atlanta during the hard months after my brother died eight and a half years ago. He was there for my mother a year later, when she got home from her countless journeys to the hospital to be with my sister-in-law before she died. He has been there for my niece and nephew, offering unconditional love to them. He was there when my dad’s real decline started not long after my brother’s death, sending him in and out of hospitals and rehab centers for years. Again, my mother spent countless days going back and forth to be with him, and when she got home Duncan was always at the door to greet her with a smile on his face and a wildly wagging tail. A gently placed muzzle on her shoulder kept her comforted so many times. When dad was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s he was there to support them and he made visits to the rehab centers and helped others.

My mother has a beautiful, large glass jar in which she has created beautiful displays. We wanted to create something for the holidays, so we removed the current contents and then filled it with buffalo snow, a small tree, our green acorns, a tiny pinecone and a Dalmatian figurine we always use for the season. I sprinkled our snow over the setting and now Duncan is set to play in his winter wonderland.

I still miss you big guy. It’s not the same around here without you. ♥

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Michael and I decided to forego the holiday shopping traffic during the weekend and hit up Michaels yesterday in search of supplies to finish decorating. One of the things we needed was fake snow, preferably the loose stuff. They sold out over the weekend and were not expecting any more for the season, so we used our coupons for what we could find and went down the road to A.C. Moore. Sure enough, they too were sold out. Heavens forbid, we thought, the Charleston area may be experiencing a snow shortage! We found the last bag of Buffalo Snow and put it in our basket. It wasn’t what we originally wanted but decided to adapt to our very limited options. We picked up a few more things that we couldn’t find at Michaels and headed to the check-out.

While we were in line Michael decided to run next door to the dollar store and try his luck. He returned in about 30 seconds. We asked our cashier if she knew possibly where to find some. She said she thought everywhere she could think of was sold out. Then she asked, “Would you like to know how to make it?”. Yes, please! She told us she had tried to demonstrate the process to another customer just minutes before but he said it was ‘too much effort’. We put our things down on the counter and headed back to the floral department where she grabbed two blocks of white styrofoam and starting rubbing them together. And right in front of our eyes it started snowing! We grabbed two blocks of styrofoam and headed back to finish our purchase.

This is the result we got from our efforts. Behind the cut are a few more photos.

We used a bin top to collect the falling particles.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Finished! We thought it would look nice to have some fine powder and even some chunks in the mix. Notice the blocks have been rubbed down to almost nothing.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

I can’t believe we didn’t get her name, but thanks super awesome A.C. Moore employee! I’ll post photos of the project we made this for when it’s finished.


Lost & Fawned Giveaway: Print of your choice from Elsita

Lindsey, of Lost & Fawned, is featuring some great Holiday Shopping lists from various bloggers this month. I created a list for her that will post this week. In that list was one of Elsita’s papercut prints. Personally, I could have a room filled with her work. Earlier this year I shared one of my favorite pieces and also featured one of her stunning creations in an Etsy Treasury in October.

Lindsey became so smitten with Elsita’s work that she purchased a papercut print to go in her and Jared’s new home, which they’ll close on next month. I got an excited email from her last night that Elsita has offered to sponsor a giveaway at Lost & Fawned! So…please head over to the post before Sunday, December 12th at 9:oo PM EST and tell them which is your favorite 8.5 x 11 print. A winner will be chosen at random and will be announced the following day.

Good luck to everyone and please pass this on!

Bon Weekend

It’s beginning to feel like the holidays around here! We finished taking down the Thanksgiving decorations earlier this week, and sadly, I didn’t get any decent photos of the beautiful job my mother did. It became incredibly busy and I didn’t have time to set up the tripod and what I did snap wasn’t so good. Anyways, we unpacked all of the ornaments yesterday and got a good start on the rest of the inside of the house. I can’t wait to see how everything develops over the next several days.

The chandelier is far from ready, but I’m happy with the direction. So far.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

New Dedicated Independent Artists Page!

I’ve added a ‘page’ to the blog dedicated to local & independent artists, designers and crafters as well as local & independent boutiques. I’ve also added the Etsy Treasuries that I have curated and will also add Treasuries that I have been featured in soon. I think it’s equally important for fellow featured artists to have more exposure.

Support Local & Independent Artists Page

Happy Hanukkah!

Apartment Therapy recently featured their pick of modern menorahs for 2010, featuring an olive branch menorah from one of my favorite artists, Michael Aram. I decided to look at his other menorahs, I found this stunning pomegranate menorah.

May the light and blessings of Hanukkah shine on through eternity.

Etsy Coupon!

I know I can’t possibly be the only person who is excited about Etsy’s new(ish) coupon codes! I have finally gotten around to setting up a code for the H0LIDAY season. I hope to have a few new pieces before Christmas and definitely before mid-January.

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Another round of Thank You’s

I have been featured in two new Esty Treasuries. I’m not sure how I missed posting the first, which was done by Lindsey of Lost & Fawned. I really love both of these Treasuries, they have some gorgeous items! Please click on the links and have a look at some incredible offerings from independent artists/designers/crafters/boutiques!

Gifts for your Luxe Girl

Silver-Blue Bells

A grand SALE for the strange and unusual in your lives.

Lovely Hoodoo has just the right holiday gift for that lovely weirdo in your life… you know, that cuddly black sheep that’s always a little tough to shop for….

These handmade whimsical skully dolls and teeth jewelry in vintage settings are priced right for the season of giving. Don’t let those little teeth worry you, they’re actually vintage composite models picked up in Europe some years back. Will also ship and gift wrap.

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Contact: Aileen Loy. You can see more pieces here.>>

Please keep your eye out for Aileen’s soon to be opening Etsy store, Lovely Hoodoo.

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